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Ricoh Adopts BrightQ As Solution For Linux And Unix Printing

Monday, January 26, 2004

Press release from the issuing company

West Caldwell, NJ and Culver City, California January 22, 2004 — Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, today introduced the availability of BrightQ, a printing solution designed by Codehost Inc. to provide today’s IT system administrators and printer support personnel with an easy to use, graphically rich X Window System and UNIX Shell-Based printing environment. BrightQ was developed exclusively for the UNIX and Linux operating systems giving users the ability to access all available finishing features of the Ricoh Aficio and other supported Ricoh devices. Educational, government, banking and financial institutions, as well as the corporate data center will benefit as the adoption of Linux into these vertical market environments continues to grow. Printing on UNIX and Linux can often be challenging to configure and support due to the lack of unified printing systems and APIs. Codehost’s BrightQ package includes an easy to use X Window System and UNIX Shell-Based installation and configuration wizard that mitigates the challenge of installing and configuring Ricoh printers on UNIX and Linux systems. BrightQ supports a number of Ricoh output devices including the Aficio 1022/1027 PS, Aficio 1060/1075 PS, Aficio 1224/1232 PS, CL 3000 PS, and AP 3800C PS, among others. The key advantages BrightQ provides to the end user include finishing capabilities such as document duplexing, stapling, sorting and hole punching, and BrightQ supports commonly installed print utilities such as CUPS, LPR, LPD, SMB and IPP. Additionally, BrightQ provides a unified printing interface across all supported operating environments. Supported UNIX systems include Sun Solaris (x86 and ULTRASparc), Hewlett Packard’s HP-UX, Irix by Silicon Graphics, IBM’s AIX, SCO Open UNIX, SCO Open Server and FreeBSD. BrightQ also supports all major Linux distributions including Red Hat, SuSE and Mandrake. BrightQ is comprised of four core modules including BrightInstall, Codehost’s turnkey installer designed to simplify both installation and un-installation; Codehost’s License Manager, which allows users to upgrade BrightQ without replacing the application; a Configuration Tool, which abstracts the most complex print configuration options and a Print Job Manager, the dynamic UNIX and Linux printing user interface that is accessible from virtually all UNIX or Linux applications. “BrightQ exemplifies Ricoh’s goal of continually offering viable solutions that enhance our product line as well as improve our customer’s bottom-line,” said Hede Nonaka, Vice President of Marketing for Ricoh Corporation. BrightQ, along with a Ricoh Codehost Demo License, can be acquired via the Ricoh Codehost URL at http://ricoh.codehost.com.




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